Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Birds and More Birds!

Time to share some of my favourite bird pictures from this spring.


Even though the weather has not been very warm,the birds are coming back.Raptor migration is happening and the numbers are fairly good.I have spent  a few days there and been able to capture a couple of special images.

On Sunday afternoon I went to the Valley and was at first disappointed,because not very many birds were passing through.At one point someone shouted out, Peregrine, and all eyes went to the sky. I was able to get several shots of this bird.What a beautiful and swift flier the Peregrine is.


Of course every bird is special.By far the majority of Raptors migrating through this Valley are Red-tailed hawks,but I still get a thrill when I see one like this soaring hove me.I really liked how the trailing edges of the wings was highlighted by the sun.


This is an equally beautiful bird,the Rough-legged Hawk.


A special treat came,when I read online that someone had seen a White-faced ibis in my area. I went out looking for it,but couldn't find it,then on Saturday I took Steve and Kai for a short ride and low and behold,I spotted the Ibis.This is a Lifer for me,so I am thrilled to have gotten several pictures as well.


Back at home I captured this portrait of a male purple Finch at the feeder.This is a gorgeous bird and I hope that before they leave my yard,I am able to get some better pictures.My little Canon SX50 is doing a good job on this bird.I like all the detail in the feathers.



We have all been waiting for spring,so with that in mind,I share this thought for today:
After winter comes the summer.
After night comes the dawn,
After every storm,there comes clear,open skies.
Samuel Rutherford

27 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

the purple finch sure is up close and personal! wow! the raptors have such great feather patterns.

the rose in your header made me crave vanilla ice cream. :)

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Great picture of the Purple Finch.. I am having Purple Finches at my feeders now--but have YET to get a good picture of them. I'll keep trying!!!

Love the Ibis--and glad you saw it. Lifers are SO neat!!!!

And seeing all of the others is GREAT. You have had a good Birdie Spring so far...

Hugs,
Betsy

Muffy's Marks said...

beautiful photos. Your lucky day, treasure those shots.

Hilary said...

How lovely to see the Ibis.. amazing bird. And what a fantastic image of the purple finch. Every little detail is so sharp and crisp.

Ruth said...

I have only seen and Ibis in the south...I didn't know we had them in Canada. The one you saw is beautiful.

Ginny Hartzler said...

These are wonderful! I have to say my favorite is the special Ibis, I have never seen one like it. Your header is unusual and beautiful!!!

George said...

These are wonderful pictures. It must be a thrill each time you see a raptor soaring through the air. Your 'little' camera did a great job with the Purple Finch.

Arija said...

Congrats on your lifer Ruth! Such a good looking bird too. I have a very soft spot for the peregrine falcon. Great shots.

Diane said...

What a thrill to find a lifer bird. It's beautiful, too. Diane

Nora said...

What a great shot of the ibis! Such a strange looking fellow. Love the blue sky and hawk. Nice new header Ruth. Better weather there now. cheers.

Elaine said...

A lovely collection, and very exciting to see the Ibis! Glad to hear you've warmed up. Maybe there's still hope for us, although it's snowing again....

waldlaeufer68 Frank Scholtyssek said...

Hi Ruth,
just flight photos are really hard to get, you have photographed them super ..
regards Frank

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Fantastic photos Ruth. I love the Ibis and the male purple finch.

What is a 'lifer' bird?

The quote was lovely.

FlowerLady

Janice K said...

Great pictures! I too love seeing all the detail in birds feathers when you can look at them up close. What a wonder of creation they are!

Kerri Farley said...

That Ibis is so cool....and your finch is amazing!

Sandra said...

that purple finch is amazing. and i have never seen an ibus this color. we have solid white ibus and when they are juveniles they are brown. they are driving us nuts right now, flocks of them wandering the yards, they have never been in our back yard where the pool is until the past two weeks, i have shooed them every day. they are walking on our deck and pooping as they go, true pests. Ibus are like pigeons here, they wander the yards in flocks of 20 plus running their long beaks down in the grass. so don't be surprised if you get a package next week that has breathing holes in it.

Gail Dixon said...

I've only seen a peregrine falcon at a bird show. Beautiful raptor and I applaud your flight shots. The purple finch is stunning! The detail on the feathers is awesome. Wow.

John's Island said...

Hi Ruth, Wow, you have some great shots in this post! Congrats on the captures! I'll be looking forward to your next posts. John

Unknown said...

Ruth, great shots! Congratulations on the lifer. I didn't know the Ibis was a Manitoban!
Wonderful portrait of the Finch!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Great captures, as always, Ruth. The pattern on the underside of the rough-legged hawk's wings is so pretty. The red-tail looks like he might be missing a few feathers in one wing. The SX50 did indeed to a fantastic job on that purple finch!

Brightcetera said...

I cannot get a good flight shot to save myself ... yours are really wonderful!
I have the SX40 and I'm pretty happy with it. The SX50 looks like it's a sweet number, too. The finch closeup is outstanding!

Shug said...

Hi Ruth...
the purple finch is so very pretty. the pattern of it's feathers are very interesting... so glad to have friends that are talented in photography and bird watching...I always enjoy the lovely photos.
shug

Neal said...

Beautiful shots Ruth. I don't think I've ever seen an ibis. If I have I didn't know what it was.

What Karen Sees said...

You are right. The detail and patterns in this little guy's feathers are beautifully captured. Love the shot, right down to the catchlight in his eye. He looks like he's enjoying his meal!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Oh, how lucky you were. Glad to hear the migration is making it's way to your area. I hear there are many different ones around here. They stop on Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan after their long journey across the Gulf.

Debbie said...

An ibis, what a thrilling moment and you got a wonderful image!! Very nice feather detail in the finch, what a beautiful color!!

Have a happy weekend!!

Pat said...

I love the shots of the hawks and Peregrine falcon soaring high in the sky. And the one of the Ibis is stunning! Congrats for capturing that rare bird with your camera. The male purple finch looks red to me...beautiful little guy.